How-To Guide

How To Guide for listing and promoting your Alabama events or business

It Happens in Alabama strives to provide useful and accurate information to visitors. As a partner, you can use the site to promote your business and/or events and create an account to add and update your business location information and list your upcoming events. This quick How To Guide will walk you through setting up and managing your partner dashboard and how to submit your events and listings for maximum exposure.

To Create your Free Account and set up your Dashboard :

In order to protect this site, you must send an email to janet@ithappensinalabama.com with your name, contact information and nature of your business, to get your password.

You can login from the menu in the footer.  To create a new account, you will add your email address and select your user name. This will take you to your dashboard. Start by clicking edit profile. Here you will be able to edit your email, username, create or edit your password, add your website, phone number, add your Facebook, twitter and Linkedin accounts for others to connect with you and even add an author biography, so others can get to know you.  Be sure to upload a profile picture.

You can connect to your dashboard by logging in and then clicking your name in the menu.  Forgot your password? Forgot your username?  If you forget your password, click on the “Forgot your password?” link on the sign-in page. If you forget your username or do not get a response to forgotten password, please contact us at info@ithappensinalabama.com

How to Submit an Event:

To submit an event you will click on Submit Event in the menu at the top of the page and start by logging in. **If You have a problem with the site searching too long and are using the Explorer bowser, use another browser (FoxFire, Google Chrome, etc) ** 

Follow these easy steps to maximize your post for the most views:

1. You will check 2 choices in the category box. First Select “Events” in the category box, to make sure you show up on the Events page for your region.

A. Select your sub-category in the category box – Concerts, Festivals, etc. to make sure you show up when visitors are filtering by a        specific event type.

2. Add the Title of your event

3. Add your Event description. By clicking on the last image in the top of the description box, you will see more options for customizing your write-up.

4. Add images for your event.

5. Select United States as the country

6. Select Alabama as the state

7. Where it says city, select the region where you want your posting to appear from the drop down. If you are not familiar with our 6 regions of the state, refer to our regions map at the bottom of this page or click here.

8. Add the address of your event, choose your Google Map view (it is suggested to choose street map) then click “Set Address on Map”.

9. Add your event date both start and end date

10. Add the start and end time of the event in MILITARY time: Example: 6:00 pm is 18:00. 12 + 6 = 18:00. Anything before noon is entered as regular value: 10:00 am = 10:00

11. Everyone should Select REGULAR EVENTS to ensure they are listed correctly and you will not loose any links. If you check reoccurring, your listing will post with no links to your site.

12. Add contact information and social media connections for anyone wanting to connect with you and help build your following.

13.  Choose your posting package and read and check the agree to Terms of use. You can click on the terms of use link, at this point, to read or you can click on them in the bottom menu on any page of the site.

14. Click preview event and you will be taken to your preview page. From here you can submit, cancel or go back and edit your posting.

15. When you are satisfied, click submit and your post will immediately show up on the site.

You can edit your posting at anytime by clicking on your name, once logged in, in the top right corner of top menu. This will take you to your dashboard. If you want to see all your events, click on the events tab under your profile picture, or click on listings to see your listing posts. From here you can edit all individual posts.

How to Submit a Business or Attraction:

To submit a listing you will click on Submit Listing in the menu at the top of the page and start by logging in. **If You have a problem with the site searching too long and are using the Explorer bowser, use another browser (FoxFire, Google Chrome, etc) ** 

Follow these easy steps to maximize your post for the most views:

1. You will check 2 choices in the category box. First Select “Listings” in the category box, to make sure you show up on the listings page for your region.

     A. Select your sub-category in the category box – attractions, food & drink, etc. to make sure you show up when visitors are filtering by a specific listing type.

2. Add the Title of your Business

3. Add a description of your business. By clicking on the last image in the top of the description box, you will see more options for customizing your write-up. Be sure to make this interesting and let everyone know what sets you apart and why they should come see you.

4. Add photos for your Listing. (you will upload your logo later)

5. Select United States as the country

6. Select Alabama as the state

7. Where it says city, select the region where you want your posting to appear from the drop down. If you are not familiar with our 6 regions of the state, refer to our regions map at the bottom of this page.

8. Add the address of your business, choose your Google Map view then click “Set Address on Map”.

9. Add the hours of operation in MILITARY time: Example: 6:00 pm is 18:00. 12 + 6 = 18:00. Anything before noon is entered as regular value: 10:00 am = 10:00.

10. Add contact information and social media connections for anyone wanting to connect with you.

11. Upload your logo.

12. Add your social media connections to help build your following.

13. Select your posting package

14. Read and check the terms of use

15. Click Preview Listing and you will be taken to your preview page. From here you can submit, cancel or go back and edit your posting.

16. When you are satisfied, click submit and you post will immediately show up on the site.

You can edit your posting at anytime by clicking on your name, once logged in, in the top right corner of top menu. This will take you to your dashboard. If you want to see all your events, click on the events tab under your profile picture, or click on listings to see your listing posts. From here you can edit all individual posts.

 

If you have questions or need help, do not hesitate to contact us at info@ithappensinalabama.com

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